The antagonism towards South African intersex athlete Caster Semenya doesn’t seem to end as she has just been barred from competing in the World Championships, after a Swiss court stood behind an IAAF rule that would require her to take testosterone-reducing medication.
The South African had been expected to defend her world 800m title in late September after the Swiss Supreme Court had temporarily exempted her from an IAAF rule relating to athletes with differences in sexual development (DSD). That decision has now been overturned by a tribunal at the same court.
In a statement issued through her PR agency, Semenya said: “I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title, but this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned.”
Despite all the tribulations, it’s nice to see that Semenya isn’t fazed by this latest set back.